Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Is Angling for Fisheries Return

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Is Angling for Fisheries Return

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Byline: Chris Lees chris.lees@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE reinstatement of Gladstone-based fisheries officers is a hot issue in the community.

Now member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher is calling on the State Government to listen. Mr Butcher wants money allocated in the state budget for four frontline fisheries officers for Gladstone.

The issue was raised by one of The Gladstone Observer's readers, when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was in town in February. "What we've seen here in Gladstone over the last five years, fishing officers were taken away from Gladstone," Mr Butcher said. "Originally we had four officers."

Mr Butcher said he wanted those positions reinstated.

"We know here in Gladstone that the amount of boat registrations is one of the highest in the state, if not in Australia," he said.

"On top of that our commercial fishing fleet is one of the largest in Queensland. To have no fishing officers here in Gladstone was a smack in the face under the previous government. …

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